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What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Jobs

Andy Kroll | Posted 09.04.2011 | Business
Andy Kroll

D.C.'s divide is America's writ large. Nationwide, the unemployment rate for black workers is almost double the rate for the rest of the population.

Tracy Morgan's Homophobic Rant Was About Black Manhood

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.04.2011 | Entertainment
Irene Monroe

Morgan's homophobic rant is not about LGBTQ people, but rather it's about the tightly constructed hyper-masculinity of black manhood.

NYPD's Horrible Stop-and-Frisk Policy Harkens Back to Jim Crow Era

Keith Rushing | Posted 08.28.2011 | New York
Keith Rushing

It's a shame that the New York Police Department continues its unconstitutional targeting of Black and Latino New Yorkers despite years of demands that this dehumanization end.

The Reasons Why So Many Black People Are in Prison Go Well Beyond Profiling

Keith Rushing | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Keith Rushing

Although Whites and African Americans use and sell drugs at about the same rates, Black men in 2003 were almost 12 times as likely to go to prison as White men.

Provincetown's Not Safe for Black Lesbians

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.22.2011 | Travel
Irene Monroe

At the tip of Cape Cod is the LGBTQ-friendly haven, Provincetown, fondly called P-town, and known as the best LGBTQ summer resort on the East Coast. But this doesn't mean there is no sexual and homophobic harassment.

For First Time, Majority Of U.S. Babies Are Non-White

Associated Press | Posted 08.23.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (AP) - For the first time, minorities make up a majority of babies in the U.S., part of a sweeping race change and growing age divide betwe...

Hallmark's Father's Day Card for Black Mothers: Way Off Base

Dr. Boyce Watkins | Posted 08.23.2011 | Politics
Dr. Boyce Watkins

Hallmark's decision to create a Father's Day card for black women engages in the act of celebrating a dysfunction, increasing the likelihood that the dysfunction eventually becomes as acceptable as the normal state of affairs.

FEMA Denies Aid to Black Tornado Victims in Minneapolis

Debbie Hines | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Debbie Hines

The Federal Emergency Management Agency ("FEMA") established to provide federal emergency aid to those in need in times of disaster, is refusing to provide individual aid to help black families living in the north side of Minneapolis, hit hardest by the tornado on June 5.

Post-Race Fallout? Melting Pot Leads to Economic Meltdown for Blacks

Zondra Hughes | Posted 08.22.2011 | Chicago
Zondra Hughes

Post-race progress, where race is not considered a factor in our buying habits, business pursuits, or self-identity, is wreaking havoc on the Black niche industry.

Netroots Panel On Black Voter Turnout Sparks Debate

Judy Lubin | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Judy Lubin

Joblessness in the black community combined with the oft-heard sentiment that the president has "dissed" his most loyal base has been the subject of h...

What if Banks Looked Like America?

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.16.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

While many of us regard diversity as a positive value in and of itself, there's a business case to be made as well: We're talking about a large and growing market.

Tupac At 40: His Life, Theology And Legacy

Charles Howard | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Charles Howard

Rappers have been as instrumental in my theological development as any of the scholars I've read. A larger-than-life revolutionary who was simultaneously real and relatable, Tupac lived and he invited us all to live with him.

Educating Beyond Poverty

Tim King | Posted 06.20.2011 | Education
Tim King

We credit our ability to keep significantly more students than other schools to our engaging and unique positive school culture.

Pretending Not to Notice Race

Sam Sommers | Posted 08.13.2011 | Politics
Sam Sommers

Have you ever had a conversation like the fictional one above, in which the person you're talking to (or maybe you yourself) hesitated before using race to describe someone? Or maybe avoided mentioning race altogether?

Is Redlining Back? Evidence Grows That Qualified Borrowers Can't Get a Loan

Preeti Vissa | Posted 08.09.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

It has become increasing clear that there are large numbers of qualified borrowers who can't get a loan. Disturbingly, there are signs of a racial pattern to this phenomenon.

No eHarmony With Asian Men

Sunil Adam | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Sunil Adam

No one would want to be in the shoes of a black man in America. That is a given. Having the highest incarceration and unemployment rates, not to menti...

In "Hot-Lanta" You Stay "in the Closet" as CNN's Don Lemon Did

Irene Monroe | Posted 08.08.2011 | Media
Irene Monroe

Because African Americans don't address the homophobic role some Black churches play in creating a "down-low" (DL) culture that both Bishop Eddie Long and Pastor Donnie McClurkin can tell their truths.

How Marriage Equality Can Save the Black Family

Maya Rupert | Posted 08.05.2011 | Politics
Maya Rupert

June is here. Cue the gloom and doom stories about the state of the black family, and the finger pointing as we figure out who to blame. Unfortunate...

Study Reveals Race Plays A Role In Supporting Causes Online

The Chronicle Of Philanthrophy | Derek Lieu | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact

Ethnicity plays a role in how people perceive charitable and political causes they encounter on social networks and whether they go on to get involved...

America's Tomorrow: Equity In a Changing Nation

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.27.2011 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

For America to compete moving forward, we can't continue squandering the skills and potential of millions of young men and women.

Memorial Day by the Numbers

Preeti Vissa | Posted 07.26.2011 | Business
Preeti Vissa

Before any of us start throwing burgers on the grill and popping open a beer or two, I humbly offer a short status report on America as of this holiday weekend, based on the most recent stats available.

Metro Can Afford to Build the Crenshaw/LAX Light Rail Corridor Right

Mark Ridley-Thomas | Posted 07.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Mark Ridley-Thomas

Like every major infrastructure project there is a cost to the Crenshaw/LAX line upgrades. It's time to distinguish costs from investments, and recognize that there is great value in having the safest, speediest and most complete rail line Los Angeles can afford.

Saki Knafo

Dove Ad Casts Spotlight On Madison Avenue Racism

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 07.25.2011 | Business

When people ask Eugene Morris why he left a virtually all-white advertising firm in the early 1970s for an African-American one, he tells them about t...

The Bible Of Choice For Many African-Americans

Posted 07.23.2011 | Religion

By Adelle M. Banks Religion News Service (RNS) On Sundays, C. Elizabeth Floyd, shows up for worship at Trinity Baptist Church of Metro Atlanta, wi...

Reasons For Love Again

Patrick D. Shaffer | Posted 07.11.2011 | Books
Patrick D. Shaffer

I recently released my debut book, daring to express what most men, especially black men feel, but fear to say -- and what every woman longs to hear.